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Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience

Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience

By Focus on EDU: EdTech and the Education Experience
Welcome to CDW Education's podcast series, Focus on EDU: EdTech and the Education Experience. We talk to leaders in education about how relevant topics are impacting the world of educational technology and education at large. As educators, we must be intentional in our decision-making to keep the full experience of our teachers, staff, and most importantly, our students, at heart. Together, we leverage incredible thinkers throughout the education community to discuss topics ranging from equity to esports, from creativity to coaching, and from feedback to the future of education.
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#62: Equity, Education, Storytelling, and EdTech: A Love Story - Dr. Sawsan Jaber
Nothing in education exists in a vacuum. When we talk about equity, we can't separate that from the daily work of educators.Today, Dr. Sawsan Jaber shares about her journey as an English teacher and equity advocate working with the scholar activists in her classroom.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW Education's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko.  Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Dr. Jaber's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/sjeducate    Education Unfiltered 🔴 https://educationunfiltered.medium.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:23
July 15, 2022
#61: Critical Media Literacy & Video Games in the Classroom - Dr. Darnel Degand
Dr. Darnel Degand has a background in media and advertising and now brings his love of education and media together to teach future teachers about the folding together of video games, comics, and pedagogy.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW Education's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Darnel's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/darneldegand    UC Davis 🔴 https://www.ucdavis.edu/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:12
June 30, 2022
#60: Innovative Ways to Bring Games and Education Together - Dr. Paul Darvasi
Dr. Paul Darvasi has been using video games, including titles like Grand Theft Auto to teach some unlikely but incredibly vital skills. Join us as we talk about using games in the classroom, building skills all our students need, and applying lessons learned from video games to our lives.    Thanks for joining us today on CDW Education's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Paul's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/pauldarvasi    Gold Bug Interactive 🔴 https://www.goldbuginteractive.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:35
June 24, 2022
#59: Julie Mavrogeorge - Mentorship and Fellowship in Esports in Education
Scholastic and collegiate esports are growing at a tremendous pace and while Fresno Unified School District was an early adopter in the K-12 space, everyone has some room to grow. To build a more comprehensive and supportive program for their students, Julie Mavrogeorge is looking to infuse more mentorship and fellowship into their program.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW Education's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko.  Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Julie's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jdogmav    Fresno Unified Esports League 🔴 https://fuel.fresnounified.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:04
May 25, 2022
#58: Sean Wybrant - Teaching at the Bleeding Edge of Tech
Today, I talk with Sean Wybrant, an incredible educator and the 2017 Colorado Educator of the Year. We discuss the why behind teaching our students with the latest and greatest tech, and why it's vital that we incorporate this bleeding edge tech into our classrooms.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW Education's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko.  Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Sean's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/xrteacher    Sean's Program Highlights 🔴 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlAGmRFE9eVAhw5GkgqG0aDvjxU2Xmln5    Unity Create Grant 🔴 https://unity.com/grants/create-with-vr    HoloLens 2 Discount 🔴 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/mixed-reality-blog/education-institutions-save-10-on-microsoft-hololens-2/ba-p/3282493    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:06
May 24, 2022
#57: Kristina Ishmael - Life at the U.S. Department of Education Office of EdTech
Today, I talk with Kristina Ishmael, the acting Director of the Office of EdTech and the U.S. Department of Education. We discuss the different roles and responsibilities of the department, the amazing resources that the provide for schools, as well as some new ways in which they are engaging with their audience.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW Education's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Kristina's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/kmishmael    OET's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/OfficeofEdTech    Office of EdTech's Site 🔴 https://tech.ed.gov/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
29:23
May 10, 2022
#56: Anurupa Ganguly - VR in the Core Curriculum
While some have high hopes for it to revolutionize education, virtual reality (VR) has had some struggles over the years being adopted into mainstream education circles. Today, I talk with Anurupa Ganguly, CEO and Founder of Prisms VR, about what has held VR back from being part of the core curriculum and how to get it across the finish line so it can finally live up to its big expectations.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on EDU.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Anurupa's Twitter 🔴 https://twitter.com/aganguly26    Prisms of Reality 🔴 https://www.prismsvr.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:23
May 03, 2022
#55: Building Esports into Education at the University Level - Sari Kitelyn
Esports has been taking the world by storm and education is a big part of the sustained success of the ecosystem. At Full Sail University, they've built a successful program based on student input and the shifting workforce landscape that we are preparing our students for. Sari Kitelyn takes us on her journey at Full Sail and what esports has meant to them as they evolve their programs.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on EDU: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Full Sail Armada's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/fullsailarmada/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:26
April 29, 2022
#54: Being a Teacher Cheerleader - Knikole Taylor
While it has always been important to support educators in their difficult work, teachers need a cheerleader now more than ever. Knikole Taylor, an education leader from Texas, seeks to help teachers in any way she can on her journey.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, Education Strategist. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Knikole's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/knikole/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/ Equipment Used on the Show    
15:32
December 28, 2021
#53: Using Design Thinking with Intention - Dr. Sabba Quidwai
While design thinking is a great way to garner engagement and buy-in to the problem-solving process, it's also an incredibly powerful tool for reshaping the thinking in your organization or school. Dr. Sabba Quidwai discusses the power of design thinking when it is used with intention and becomes part of our organizational culture in education and beyond.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, Education Strategist. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Sabba's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/askmsq/    Sprint to Success 🔴 https://open.spotify.com/show/0ucyywt6qsn8BqBnfKHavQ    Sabba's Home Page 🔴 https://askmsq.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:52
November 24, 2021
#52: Digital Equity and Educational Civil Rights - Ashley Cowger
With the ubiquity of the internet and digital tools in our lives, the rights of our students have grown over the years to include access to the resources they need to be successful. Digital equity is at the forefront of that conversation for districts all across the United States. For Indianapolis Public Schools and their Executive Director of Strategy and Integration, Ashley Cowger, supporting their students civil rights as their district shifts over time is at the forefront of their work.    Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, Education Strategist. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Ashley's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/ashley_cowger     Indianapolis Public Schools 🔴 https://myips.org/     Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko     Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:23
November 17, 2021
#51: Academic Esports in the UK and Beyond - Tom Dore
Esports in the world of education can take many different forms. Today, Tom Dore and I connect on some of the amazing advances the British Esports Association and other organizations are making in the academic side of esports in education.   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, National Esports Manager for CDW. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     BEA's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/british_esports    British Esports Association 🔴 https://www.britishesports.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:50
November 10, 2021
#50: Innovating Play in K-12 Education - Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey
Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey are two kindergarten teachers (and authors) from opposite ends of the country whose classes collaborate on a daily basis. The mindset of Innovating Play was born from the idea that it is possible to protect and nurture best practices in early childhood education, while expanding opportunities for appropriate connection and discovery through technology. They are grounded in the belief that hands-on experiences and joyful learning can include everything from paint and blocks to Chromebooks and iPads.    Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, Education Strategist. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Christine's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/PintoBeanz11    Jessica's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jlabar2me    Innovating Play Blog and Website 🔴 https://www.innovatingplay.world/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:20
October 27, 2021
#49: Esports Through the Years - Christopher Turner
Christopher Turner is an educator, esports coach, program director, and more. He is plugged into the esports community from elementary school to graduate school and beyond. Today we dive into a great discussion around what esports looks like at different levels and what folks should do if they are looking to become part of this great community and build their own program!   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, Education Strategist. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Chris's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/geauxplayes    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:16
October 20, 2021
#48: Behind the Scenes of FETC: An EdTech Conference Unmasked - Jennifer Womble
People flock to edtech conferences year after year, but does anyone really know what goes into a successful show? Jennifer Womble certainly does. As the Program Chair for FETC (the Future of Education Technology Conference), Jennifer gives us a little taste of what goes on behind the scenes. She also shares what her favorite part of the conference is, what we can do to prepare, and what we might expect for this year's FETC!   Thanks for joining us today on CDW's Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience, hosted by Doug Konopelko, Education Strategist. If you enjoyed the show, please like and subscribe to the channel, and click the little bell to get notified when we post a new video. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please comment below, or reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Jennifer's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jenwomble    FETC Home Page 🔴 https://www.fetc.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:07
October 13, 2021
#47: The 4 Cs of K-12 Esports - Chris Aviles
K-12 esports are on the rise! Today, we talk with coach, leader, and esports pioneer, Chris Aviles of Garden State Esports, about the 4 Cs of esports. While competitive gaming is becoming more and more popular throughout the world, it's important to reflect on how we must remain focused on our students and the different benefits they can get from these programs. Chris dives in to tell us about what we can teach our students beyond the game! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Chris's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/techedupteacher    Chris's Home Page and Blog 🔴 https://www.techedupteacher.com    Garden State Esports 🔴 https://gsesports.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:55
October 06, 2021
#46: EdTech and Social-Emotional Learning - Alberto and Mario Herraez (the eTwinz)
As educators, we are responsible for much more than facts on a page and standards. In light of the shared experience of living through a pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on the concept of social-emotional learning. Today I talk with the eTwinz, Mario and Alberto Herraez, educators from Spain that are currently living and teaching in Utah. We talk about checking in on students' emotional states, building relationships, and integrating edtech into those processes. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 eTwinz Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/etwinzedu    Alberto's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/aalbertoherraez    Mario's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/mmarioherraez    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:00
September 29, 2021
#45: Game-Based Learning in Education - Glen Irvin Flores
Gamification, game-based learning, and competitive gaming are all popular in education right now. Today, I talk with Glen Irvin Flores about his experiences with game-based learning and how it can be so powerful in the classroom. As an instructional technology coach and former teacher, Glen has experienced the hands-on approach of applying game-based learning in the classroom, but also the coaching of folks for its inclusion. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Glen's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/irvspanish    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:59
September 22, 2021
#44: New Leadership Lessons and ::gasp:: Learning Loss - Dr. Natasha Rachell
As students, educators, and leaders across the country work together to reshape education, standard district practices like hiring, promotion, and growth continue. Today, I talk with Dr. Natasha Rachell of Atlanta Public Schools about being a new instructional technology director at such a pivotal time. We address what folks are focusing on, the stigma around learning loss, and much more! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Natasha's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/APSITNatasha    Atlanta Public Schools 🔴 https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:48
September 16, 2021
#43: Breaking Down Silos in Education - Vriti Saraf
It's no secret that silos exist in education. While they may materialize in individual departments, between schools, within districts, and among states, Vriti Saraf is ready to bring the world's educators together to truly learn, grow, and collaborate together. We discuss examples of amazing schools and programs from around the world, the value of no-code tools, why it's important to bring folks together, and what one path forward might be! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Vriti's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/VritiSaraf    k20 Educators 🔴 https://www.k20educators.com    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:48
September 10, 2021
#42: EdTech Tools: Game Changers or Life Savers in Education? - Joe Marquez
While many edtech tools were integrated into school and district digital learning ecosystems in the last year, many are now being re-evaluated. Today, I talk with Joe Marquez, Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, about why it's important to sort our education tools as game changers or life savers! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Joe's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/JoeMarquez70    CUE 🔴 https://cue.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:09
September 01, 2021
#41: Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband in K-12 - Dr. Emily Bell and Dr. Keith Osburn
Over the last decade, connectivity has gone from a "nice to have" to a "need to have". This is especially true as our schools and the families they support navigate a third school year impacted by a pandemic. Join me in a conversation with the CIO of the Georgia Department of Education, Dr. Keith Osburn, and the CIO of Fulton County Schools in Georgia, Dr. Emily Bell. Learn about the challenges and the solutions we are seeing from both a district, or LEA (Local Education Agency), and from the state level at the Department of Education, an SEA (State Education Agency). Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Fulton County IT's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/FCS_IT_Dept    Fulton County Schools 🔴 https://www.fultonschools.org Georgia Department of Education  🔴 https://www.gadoe.org/ Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
23:05
August 25, 2021
#40: How to Achieve Success at Scale in K-12 Education - Marie Izquierdo
When you're one of the leaders that sets the vision for one of the nation's largest school districts, it has to be clear and it has to scale. For Miami-Dade County Public Schools, this means over 400 schools and more than 350,000 students. Marie Izquierdo started as a student in the district and has worked her way up to being the Chief Strategy Officer. Marie and I talked about the vision for education in MDCPS, their recognition by the Council of Great City Schools, and the ingredients in their secret sauce for success. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Marie's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/MiamiCAO   Miami-Dade County Public Schools 🔴 http://www.dadeschools.net    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:15
August 18, 2021
#39: Starting K-12 Esports in 2021?! Some Lessons Learned - Bradford Harris
As esports continues to grow in the K-12 space, district leaders like Bradford Harris from Texas, continue to lead the way and blaze a trail for others looking to build their program. Join us for this conversations where we cover the idea that not all successful esports programs will look the same, where knowledge of games falls in order of importance, and a few other things you need to know if you are starting a program. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Bradford's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/EdTechTinker    Bradford's Personal Page 🔴 http://www.edtechtinker.com    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:51
August 11, 2021
#38: Instruct. Innovate. Lead. - Dr. Ashley Kennedy
There are so many incredible leaders in education today and Dr. Ashley Kennedy, the Director of Instruction and Innovative Practice for Cobb County Schools in Georgia, is a people leader on the rise! In this episode of Focus on K-12, we discuss leading with a student-centered vision by staying close to the classroom, using research-based practices for learning and engagement, and generational changes in students and leaders. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Dr. Kennedy's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/AMMorris123     Cobb County Schools Instruction and Innovative Practice 🔴 http://academics.cobbk12.org/index.php/ad/tl/iandi/     Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko     Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:58
August 04, 2021
#37: From Bricks to Clicks - Dr. Emily Bell
Today on Focus on K-12, I talk to the Chief Information Officer for Fulton County Schools, Dr. Emily Bell, about how we've been moving "from bricks to clicks" in education. When making the move to digital instruction and digital resources, in addition to pedagogical shifts, we've got to make sure we keeping an eye on security and where our data is headed. We tackle the balances between 1) cybersecurity and convenience and 2) standardization and choice. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Fulton County IT's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/FCS_IT_Dept    Fulton County Schools 🔴 https://www.fultonschools.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:54
June 30, 2021
#36: The Evolution of Instructional Coaching and EdTech - Victoria Thompson
Instructional coaching has become more and prevalent in school districts around the country as district and school leaders look to reflect on and improve their pedagogical practices, technology integration, and invest in the growth of their staff for the benefit of the students. Today, I talk to STEM/Instructional Coach and one of EdTech's 30 K-12 Influencers of 2021, Victoria Thompson. She takes us through a bit of the evolution of instructional coaching through the past few years, some of the changes that happened as a result of the pandemic, and what practices they are looking to keep moving forward. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Victoria's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/VictoriaTheTech    Technology Access Foundation 🔴 https://techaccess.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:04
June 23, 2021
#35: EdTech and World Languages - Rachelle Dené Poth
Sometimes we find great opportunities for engagement with EdTech in places we wouldn't expect. Today, Rachelle Dene Poth talks through some ways she's been able to infuse her World Languages classroom with edtech tools and innovative lessons. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Rachelle's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/rdene915    Rachelle's Personal Page 🔴 https://rdene915.com/ Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:46
June 17, 2021
#34: Personal Systems of Support in Education - Marlo Gaddis
As we continue to learn, grow, and take on new roles in education, we need to make sure we've got our own systems of support in place to keep pushing us, help us problem-solve, give us honest feedback, and lend an ear when we need someone. Today, I talk to the Chief Technology Officer of Wake County Public School System, Marlo Gaddis, about the role that her support system plays in her life as she makes important decisions and sets vision for one of the largest school systems in the country. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Marlo's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/mrhgaddis    Wake County Public School System 🔴 https://www.wcpss.net/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:50
June 09, 2021
#33: Blended Learning: Then, Now, and Into the Future - Dr. Lakisha Brinson
As we navigate the transition back to "normal" in education, there are things that have shifted that we don't want to see return to the way we've always done them. We need to maintain some of this momentum to push forward and embrace the paradigm shift. In Metro Nashville Public Schools, Dr. Lakisha Brinson is helping lead the way as their Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services. Dr. Brinson and other district leaders are creating a more intentional plan for blended learning, integrating new practices and pedagogies into their teaching and learning to benefit their students. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Dr. Brinson's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/lakishabrinson      Metro Nashville Public Schools 🔴 https://mnps.org/    Blended Learning in Action Book 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Blended-Learning-Action-Practical-Sustainable/dp/1506341160    Blended Learning Universe 🔴 https://www.blendedlearning.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:02
June 02, 2021
#32: Collaboration, Competition, or Cheating in Education? - Lemonade Learning - Brianna Hodges and Lainie Rowell
Today's episode is (appropriately) a collaboration between Lemonade Learning and Focus on K-12. Lainie Rowell and Brianna Hodges join me as we discuss collaboration. Adults are expected to collaborate on almost everything they do at work, but unless it's specifically noted on an assignment that students should collaborate, it's considered cheating when they do. We also touch on a few other elements of collaboration along the way- let's dive in! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Lemonade Learning Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/LemonadeLearnED    Lemonade Learning Page 🔴 https://www.lemonadelearning.us    Lainie's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/LainieRowell    Lainie's Personal Page 🔴 https://www.lainierowell.com    Brianna's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/bhodgesedu    Brianna's Personal Page 🔴 http://www.briannahodges.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:20
May 26, 2021
#31: Disruptive Thinking in our Classrooms - Eric Sheninger
Disruption comes with the opportunity to reinvent existing processes and systems. For educators, this year has been one of constant and pervasive disruption of almost every aspect of their journey through teaching and learning. Eric Sheninger and I discuss the impact and opportunity that exists today in our schools through the lens of his new book, Disruptive Thinking in our Classrooms (#DisruptiveThink). We touch on comfort, progress, trust, empathy, and so much more! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Eric's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/E_Sheninger    Eric's Book on Amazon 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Disruptive-Thi...    Eric's Personal Page 🔴 http://ericsheninger.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:13
May 19, 2021
#30: Representation, Media Literacy, and Teacher Training Programs - Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass
Teachers and education leaders often talk about the lack of appropriate representation of students of color in their teachers and the school environment in general. Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass from the University of Virginia takes us through some ways we can address this problem in our schools, the role the media plays in the issue, and how teacher preparation programs play their part. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dradamsbass      Teaching Scared Article 🔴 https://socialequity.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Bentley-edwards-2020-Teaching-scared-pre-service-teacher.pdf       Dr. Adams-Bass Personal Page 🔴 https://www.valerienadams.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:09
May 12, 2021
#29: Creating Experiences, Not Completing Checklists - Dr. Neil Gupta
When things get busy in a school district, it's easy to reduce your work to checklists on a Post-It, canary yellow legal pad, or the latest to-do list app. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education for Worthington Schools in Ohio, about the importance of continuing to build experiences for our students and staff rather than settling for checkboxes. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Dr. Neil Gupta's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/drneilgupta       Neil's Personal Page 🔴 https://farthertogether.org/       Worthington Schools 🔴 https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/    Worthington Schools Twitter 🔴 https://twitter.com/wcsdistrict    ASCD 🔴 http://www.ascd.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:09
May 05, 2021
#28: Interoperability (or Why EdTech Stuff Should Just Work!) - Susan Bearden
So often in schools, our students and teachers want the many systems that we put in place and use on a daily basis to just WORK (as they should) and play nice in the sandbox with each other. Susan Bearden, the Director of Digital Programs for InnovateEDU, and I discuss this concept (interoperability) and how it impacts the world of education. InnovateEDU is a non-profit whose mission is to eliminate the achievement gap by accelerating innovation in standards aligned, next generation learning models and tools that serve, inform, and enhance teaching and learning. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Susan Bearden's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/s_bearden        InnovateEDU 🔴 https://www.innovateedunyc.org    Project Unicorn 🔴 https://www.projectunicorn.org   Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com           CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
16:03
April 28, 2021
#27: Teaching the SDGs and Student Activism - Dr. Jen Williams
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are global goals that we should all be working on to improve our planet. Dr. Jen Williams, educator, author, and co-founder of Take Action Global and TeachSDGs takes us through the 'why' behind these goals, some ways students are getting involved, and how we can get started with them in the classroom. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Jen Williams' Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/JenWilliamsEDU            Take Action Global 🔴 https://www.takeactionglobal.org/        Teach SDGs 🔴 http://www.teachsdgs.org/      Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/ 
16:01
April 21, 2021
#26: Reopening Our Schools Safely During a Pandemic - Dr. Tracey Miller
Dr. Tracey Miller, Chief Academic Officer for Martin County School District, shares some nuggets of wisdom from MCSD's journey as they reopened schools back in August and have remained opened throughout the last 8 months. This is a thoughtful reflection from an amazing leader for school district leaders on the precipice of their reopening or those reflecting on their journey through reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Dr. Miller's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/tttgator/    Martin County School District's Twitter  🔴 https://www.twitter.com/MCSDFlorida/    Martin County School District Home Page  🔴 https://www.martinschools.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com           CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:24
April 14, 2021
#25: Mistakes, Vulnerability, #HipHopEd, and Reality Pedagogy - Dr. Chris Emdin (EXTENDED CUT)
Join us as we dive into some radical vulnerability, Wu-Tang, grace, science, humility, mistakes, Jay-Z, #HipHopEd, reality pedagogy, and so much more. Dr. Chris Emdin, professor at Teachers College at Columbia University, author of "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood..." and the Upcoming "RatchetDemic" joins us for this week's EXTENDED CUT 30 minute episode of #FocusOnK12. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Dr. Chris Emdin's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/TheTechRabbi         HipHopEd 🔴 https://www.hiphoped.com    Science Genius 🔴 https://hiphoped.com/science-genius/    Chris' Upcoming Book 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Ratchetdemic-Christopher-Emdin/dp/0807089508    Chris' Book - "For White Folks..." 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/White-Folks-Teach-Hood-Rest/dp/0807028029    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com           CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
30:05
April 07, 2021
#24: Engaging Parents, Families, and the Community on the Education Journey - Mariel Milano
Over the past year, our parents, families, and communities have become even more integral in our student success. In Orange County Public Schools, Mariel Milano (Director for Digital Curriculum) helped lead the charge to shift their parents and families into learning copilots on the education journey for their students. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Mariel Milano's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/MilanoOCPS   Orange County Public Schools 🔴 https://digital.ocps.net Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
12:04
March 31, 2021
#23: Why We Should Teach Entrepreneurial Skills to our Students - Rabbi Michael Cohen
In education, our curriculum rarely keeps up with shifts in the market, the economy, and other forces that shape the world we live in. While not all of our students are planning on starting a business, many can benefit from teaching and learning around the skills that are sometimes relegated to an entrepreneurship curriculum: defining and solving a problem, confidence and clarity of communication, and so much more. Today, I dip my toe into the water of student entrepreneurship with Rabbi Michael Cohen (@thetechrabbi).  Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Rabbi Michael Cohen's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/TheTechRabbi   Teen Entrepreneurship Resource and Support 🔴 https://www.letsdubbleup.com Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:29
March 24, 2021
#22: Leading with Professional Learning for Success in Education - Michelle Moore
Throughout the pandemic, we've seen an explosion of new resources being thrust into the world of education. As we continue to roll out new programs and tools in our schools, we need to make sure our teachers and staff feel prepared to integrate them into their instruction. Michelle Moore leads us through some thoughts around professional learning and what leaders can do to keep it as the focus of the work. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Michelle Moore's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/Michelle4EDU    Michelle Moore's Web Page 🔴 http://www.michelle4edu.com Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:56
March 17, 2021
#21: Living the Dual Life of a Teacher/Podcaster - Pav Wander
Pav Wander is one half of the teaching and podcasting powerhouse Chey and Pav. In our conversation, we discuss how they got started with The Staffroom Podcast and The Drive on VoicEd Radio, how the podcasting informs her work as a teacher, and how she tries to balance the dual life of a content creator and teacher. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Pav Wander's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/pavwander    The Staffroom Podcast Page 🔴 https://anchor.fm/thestaffroom    The Drive on VoicEd Radio 🔴 https://voiced.ca/project/the-drive-with-chey-and-pav/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    Focus On K-12 Page 🔴 http://www.focusonk12.com       CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:18
March 10, 2021
#20: Digital Equity in Education Doesn't Stop with Devices - Ken Shelton
Ken Shelton is a powerful voice for equity in education. Today we dive into the fact that digital equity isn't only about having access to a device and a hotspot, we've got to take a look at the lack of stable broadband access throughout our country. We also examine the views of screen time across socioeconomic lines and the importance of focusing on the learning that is available to those with access to the internet. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Ken Shelton's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/k_shelton    Ken's Personal Page 🔴 https://www.kennethshelton.net    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:00
March 02, 2021
#19: Big School Districts and Big Ideas for Education - Phillip Dunn
Large, urban school districts tend to operate like their own city within a city- acting as a hub for learning and knowledge, but also supporting the areas that they serve. Today, I talk with Phillip Dunn, CIO for Broward County Schools in Florida (6th largest district in the country with ~270K students), who has also worked within NYC DOE (largest district in the country). We talk about some of the benefits and drawbacks of large systems and a few of his ideas about what might be a possible path forward in education. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Phillip's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/digital_paleo    Broward County Schools 🔴 https://www.browardschools.com    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:26
February 24, 2021
#18: Student Relationships as a Lever for Change - Jess Boyce
While MANY things in education changed in 2020, one thing has stayed the same (or actually grown in importance), and that is the need to build strong relationships with your students in the classroom. Today, I talk to Jess Boyce from Flipgrid and we share some stories of building positive relationships while creating an environment of safety and respect. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Jess Boyce's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jessxbo    Flipgrid 🔴 https://www.flipgrid.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:55
February 17, 2021
#17: Representation in the Classroom, Building a Black Teacher Pipeline - Sharif El-Mekki
For many of our students, the teacher who stands before them each day doesn't look like them or have any similar lived experiences. Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of The Center for Black Educator Development, is looking to change all that and build a #BlackTeacherPipeline. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Sharif's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/selmekki    The Center for Black Educator Development 🔴 https://www.thecenterblacked.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:16
February 10, 2021
#16: Sharing Your Voice in Education - Dr. Sarah Thomas
Dr. Sarah Thomas is an educator, author, technologist, publisher, leader, and so much more. On this episode, we connected on what it means to share your voice and have your voice heard in a world with a lot of noise. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Sarah's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/sarahdateechur    EduMatch 🔴 https://wwww.edumatch.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:50
February 03, 2021
#15: Let's Talk about Design Thinking in Education - Dee Lanier
Design Thinking has become one of those buzzwords in education that we hear about more and more often. Dee Lanier takes some time to break down what design thinking really is and what it can mean for education. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Dee's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/deelanier    Solve In Time 🔴 https://www.solveintime.com    Dee's Personal Site 🔴 https://www.deelanier.net    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:35
January 27, 2021
#14: Representation in a Pixelated World - Felisa Ford
Representation matters. Full stop. Over the last year, we've seen new instances of representation of our BIPOC community in more 'typical' spaces like TV and movies, and in this episode of Focus on K-12, I talk to Felisa Ford from Atlanta Public Schools about her time working on representation in a pixelated world- the Good Trouble world in Minecraft EDU. Listen in as she shares her passion, her experience, and her deep connection to the work! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/focusonk12 Felisa's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/APSITFelisa  Minecraft: Education Edition 🔴 https://education.minecraft.net/ Minecraft's Good Trouble Announcement 🔴 https://education.minecraft.net/blog/explore-social-justice-in-minecraft-education-edition-with-good-trouble    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/    
14:59
January 18, 2021
#13: Fear in Education - Trevor Ragan
Fear is something that we can all relate to in education settings and in our daily lives. We all feel fear at some time or another. How can we help students, teachers, and staff succeed when facing fear? Trevor Ragan, from the Learner Lab, breaks down some of the research that guides our thinking and addresses our common misconceptions. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Trevor's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/learner_lab    The Learner Lab 🔴 https://wwww.thelearnerlab.com    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/    Permission to Feel 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Permission-Feel-Unlocking-Emotions-Ourselves/dp/1250212847    Emotional Agility 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Agility-Unstuck-Embrace-Change/dp/1592409490    The War of Art 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/
16:19
January 13, 2021
#12: Risk Taking in Education - Claudio Zavala Jr.
Claudio Zavala Jr is a digital designer, creator, and educator in Texas focused on taking risks, igniting creativity, and making change in education. Join us as we talk about how we can take more risks and find success. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Claudio's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/claudiozavalajr     Adobe Education Exchange 🔴 https://edex.adobe.com/      Adobe Spark 🔴 https://spark.adobe.com      Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:03
January 07, 2021
#11: Personal Branding and Visual Storytelling in Education - Tanya Avrith
As an advocate for student voice, my guest, Tanya Avrith believes in the power of storytelling in Education. She has seen stories help kids explore their creativity, construct their identities and connect with others first-hand – a principle that she has the privilege of spreading with the help of Adobe Education, as their Education Evangelist. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Tanya's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/tanyaavrith    Adobe Education Exchange 🔴 https://edex.adobe.com/  Adobe Spark 🔴 https://spark.adobe.com  Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:24
December 30, 2020
#10: Personal and Authentic Learning, and The Hidden Stories Within - Tom Murray
With each of our interactions in our schools, with our students or our staff, we need to stay cognizant that everyone has a point-of-view and lens built off their experiences. This week I talk to Tom Murray, Director of Future Ready Schools, about the hidden stories within us and within our students and how these stories help shape us. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Tom's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/thomascmurray    Tom's Personal Site 🔴 https://www.thomascmurray.com    Future Ready Schools 🔴 https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/    Tom's Books on Amazon 🔴 https://amzn.to/3nJprpl    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:37
December 23, 2020
#9: Building Capacity for Education Initiatives - Sarah Kyriazis
Professional development, staffing, and support can often be neglected when budgets are tight and you're starting a new initiative in a school district. Sarah Kyriazis from Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts takes us through their plan to build capacity to address these issues with their iTeacher and iPrincipal programs. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Sarah's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/sarahkyriazis    Worcester Public Schools 🔴 https://worcesterschools.org/    Google Teacher Certifications 🔴 https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/    ISTE Certifications 🔴 https://www.iste.org/learn/iste-certification    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:38
December 16, 2020
#8: Gaming in Schools?! Keeping the Education in Esports - Laylah Bulman
Esports, or competitive gaming, is taking the education community by storm. Today I talk to one of the members of the leadership team at NASEF and senior program officer at the Samueli Foundation, Laylah Bulman, about why it's so important to keep Scholastic central to the esports conversation. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Laylah's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/laylah    NASEF 🔴 https://www.nasef.org    The Samueli Foundation 🔴 https://www.samueli.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:23
December 09, 2020
#7: Building Community in Virtual Spaces - CC Chung
CC Chung, Educator and 2020 Hawaii Teacher of the Year, talks about how going virtual has impacted the ability to bring community and culture into the classroom and what it means to build community in virtual spaces. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ ISTE Making IT Happen Award 🔴 https://www.makingithappen.org/    Hawaii Society for Technology in Education 🔴 http://www.hste.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
12:52
December 02, 2020
#6: The Science of Reading - Dr. Ebony Lee
Dr. Ebony Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Clayton County Schools in Georgia, takes on the foundations and science of reading, why reading is "not natural", and how reading can impact our lives. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Dr. Ebony Lee's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/DrEbonyELA    Clayton County Schools 🔴 https://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/    LETRS Professional Learning 🔴 https://www.voyagersopris.com/professional-development/letrs/overview    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:50
November 26, 2020
#5: College and Career Ready? Maybe Not! - Jaime Casap
Jaime Casap, a thought leader in education and former Chief Education Evangelist for Google, pushes our thinking by saying that when we say we want students to be college and career ready, we are shooting too low. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Jaime Casap's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jcasap    Jaime's YouTube Channel 🔴  https://www.youtube.com/jaimecasap Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:22
November 18, 2020
#4: ADAPTing with Creativity in the Classroom - Mike Cicchetti
Mike Cicchetti shares his ADAPT framework for creativity in the classroom and why igniting creativity in your students could be the key to a successful transition back to school. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ ADAPT Framework in EdTech Magazine 🔴 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/how-foster-creativity-no-matter-where-learning-takes-place    Adobe Creative Cloud 🔴 https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/adobe/adobe-creative-cloud.html?enkwrd=adobe%20creative%20cloud&key=adobe%20creative%20cloud    Volusia County Schools 🔴 https://www.vcsedu.org/    Mike Cicchetti's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/VCSLearn2Tech    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:27
November 13, 2020
#3: Science Before You STEM - Chanel Johnson
Chanel Johnson, a Science Specialist from Atlanta, Georgia, shares her experiences with science and why we need to focus on the foundational skills like exploration and curiosity before we can dive into STEM. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ PhET Simulations 🔴 https://phet.colorado.edu/    I Am a Scientist 🔴 https://www.iamascientist.info/    Chanel Johnson's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dc_stemtastic    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:54
November 13, 2020
#2: Keep Calm and EdTech On - Dr. Adam Phyall
Dr. Adam Phyall (one of EdTech Magazine's 2020 K-12 Influencers Worth a Follow) shares with us why it's so important to take time for self-care and while our work as education leaders is serious, we can still have fun. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ 30 EdTech Influencers Worth a Follow 🔴 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/30-k-12-it-influencers-worth-follow-2020    Newton County Schools 🔴 https://www.newtoncountyschools.org/    Adam Phyall's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/askadam3    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:39
November 10, 2020
#1: Being a Connected Educator - Greg Bagby
As we have moved to remote working, distance or hybrid learning, and virtual conferences, staying connected has become even more difficult than ever before, missing out on those ‘in between’ moments in hallways, planning rooms, or around the proverbial water cooler. Some people find that becoming a more connected educator helps bridge this gap.  Today, I talk to an amazing leader, Greg Bagby, the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Hamilton County Schools, about what it means to be a connected educator, how he stays connected, and what he sees in the years ahead.    Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Hamilton County Schools 🔴 https://www.hcde.org/    NCCE 🔴 https://ncce.org/    HamCo Digital Fabrication Labs 🔴 https://www.hcde.org/newsroom/world_s_largest_collection_of_fab_labs    Greg Bagby's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/gregbagby    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:12
November 03, 2020
First Listen - Focus on K-12: EdTech and the Education Experience
Welcome to CDW-G’s new podcast series, Focus on K-12: EdTech and the Education Experience. In this series, we talk to leaders in education about how relevant topics are impacting the world of educational technology and education at large. As educators, we must be intentional in our decision-making to keep the full experience of our teachers, staff, and most importantly, our students, at heart. Together, we leverage the power of the incredible thinkers throughout the education community to discuss topics ranging from equity to esports, from creativity to coaching, and from feedback to the future of education. I’m Doug Konopelko, a K-12 Education Strategist at CDW-G. As part of the Strategic Programs team, we keep up to date with the work going on across the world in K-12 including current challenges, different stakeholders and roles within school districts, and solutions being put in place to address those challenges. We act as strategic partners, trusted advisors, and connectors for the districts that we serve. Please join us as we journey through the world of designing meaningful, authentic learning experiences for our students, create sustainable systems of support for all stakeholders, and learn how to empower others to be agents of change, driving innovation and sparking conversations across the field. So let’s dive in as we Focus on K-12.
00:50
October 27, 2020